Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Team announce 2021 airshow schedule

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Demo Team has announced its 2021 airshow schedule at the virtual ICAS Convention today.

Flying a CF-118A Hornet, the CF-18 Demo Team has encountered a turbulent few years. An ageing fleet, budget cuts and insufficient manpower has seen their show season cut back significantly in recent seasons, and the team’s traditional special paint scheme was scaled back in 2019.

The schedule is, once again, lighter than in the early 2010s, and there is no news yet on the team’s theme or paint scheme for the 2021 display season. A single US show features on the schedule, which will be supported remotely from Canada – perhaps indicating that the team is not confident they will be allowed to travel freely next season due to coronavirus restrictions.

Captain Dan Deluce, originally slated to be the CF-18 Demo Team pilot in 2020, will be flying the jet at airshows in 2021.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

CF-18 DEMO TEAM 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Jun 5-6 Open date
Jun 12-13 Canada North Bay Armed Forces Day North Bay Canada (ON)
Jun 19-20 United States Thunder of Niagara Open House Niagara Falls USA (NY)
Jun 26-27 Canada Spectacle Aerien International de Bagotville Bagotville Canada (QC)
Jul 1 Canada Canada Day flyover Ottawa Canada (QC)
Jul 17 Canada Boundary Bay Airshow Delta Canada (BC)
Jul 24-25 Canada Wings Over Springbank Springbank Canada (AB)
Jul 31-Aug 1 Canada Lethbridge International Airshow Lethbridge Canada (AB)
Aug 6-8 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC)
Aug 14-15 Canada Vanderhoof International Airshow Vanderhoof Canada (BC)
Aug 21-22 Canada Gander Airshow Gander Canada (NL)
Aug 28-29 Canada Airshow London London Canada (ON)
Sep 2 Canada Brantford Community Charity Airshow Brantford Canada (ON)
Sep 4-6 Canada Canadian International Air Show Toronto Canada (ON)
Sep 8 Canada Kingston Airshow Kingston Canada (ON)
Sep 11-12 Canada Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Gatineau Canada (QC)
Sep 18-19 Canada Volaria Aeronautics Festival Mirabel Canada (QC)